15 days in Montana Itinerary

15 days in Montana Itinerary

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15 days in Montana Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Bozeman
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Great Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Missoula
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Dillon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Cardiff

3
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of the Rockies and Gallatin History Museum. American Computer Museum and Downtown Bozeman are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bozeman: Big Sky (The Soldiers Chapel, Big Sky Resort, & more) and Yellowstone Gateway Museum (in Livingston). There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Children's Museum of Bozeman, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bozeman Spirits Distillery, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Last Wind-Up.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bozeman road trip website .

Cardiff, UK to Bozeman is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 7 hours. When traveling from Cardiff in January, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Bozeman: temperatures range from 0°C by day to -14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Big Sky, Yellowstone Gateway Museum
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Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer & Robotics Museum ©
Lone Peak ©
Lone Peak

2
nights
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 5th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, steep yourself in history at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Montana, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, then brush up on your military savvy at Malmstrom Museum and Air Park, then admire the masterpieces at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Great Falls trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Bozeman to Great Falls by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Bozeman in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Great Falls, with lows around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©

3
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Step out of the city life by going to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Swiftcurrent Mountain. There's much more to do: cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Clements, explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and hike along Iceberg Lake Trail.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park tour itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Great Falls to Glacier National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Great Falls in January, expect nights in Glacier National Park to be about the same, around -10°C, while days are slightly colder, around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

3
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ninepipes museum of Early Montana and St. Ignatius Mission. You'll explore and learn at Ohrmann Museum & Gallery and Museum of Mountain Flying. Get out of town with these interesting Missoula side-trips: Garden of One Thousand Buddhas (in Arlee), Daly Mansion (in Hamilton) and St. Mary's Mission (in Stevensville). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Francis Xavier Church, see a world frozen in time at Garnet Ghost Town, and admire the majestic nature at Travelers' Rest State Park.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Missoula trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Missoula takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in January, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Dillon.

Things to do in Missoula

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

St. Ignatius Mission, Travelers' Rest State Park, Ohrmann Museum & Gallery, Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana
Highlights from your plan
St. Ignatius Mission ©
St. Ignatius Mission
Garden of One Thousand Buddhas ©
Garden of One Thousand Buddhas
Ohrmann Museum & Gallery ©
Ohrmann Museum & Gallery

1
night
Dillon

Dillon ©
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Beaverhead County Museum, then admire all the interesting features of Bannack State Park, then stop by The Bookstore, and finally get engrossed in the history at Dillon Visitor Center.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dillon trip builder app .

Getting from Missoula to Dillon by car takes about 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Dillon are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Dillon

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Beaverhead County Museum ©
Beaverhead County Museum
Bannack State Park ©
Bannack State Park
The Bookstore ©
The Bookstore

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 14th (Tue), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then stop by Eagle's Store.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read West Yellowstone trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Dillon to West Yellowstone takes 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Dillon in January, with highs in West Yellowstone at -7°C and lows at -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Eagle's Store ©
Eagle's Store

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